Year of Call: 2012
Tony joined Central Chambers in April 2018 following an offer to undertake common law pupillage and, upon completion of his pupillage, he was offered tenancy with Central Chambers. Through pupillage, he specialised in criminal law.
Before starting his career at the Bar, Tony obtained experience in many diverse and complex areas of law. He has worked as a freelance County Court advocate, representing clients before District Judges across the North West daily in a wide range of civil applications. He later joined a local Citizens Advice Bureau as a debt caseworker, drawing from his previous court experience to advise and represent clients in one of the most deprived communities in Greater Manchester. Tony has also worked as a paralegal in the General Medical Council’s in-house legal team, assisting with fitness to practise investigations and Medical Practitioners Tribunal proceedings.
Tony therefore brings a wealth of experience with him to the Bar in fields including crime, contract, commercial, housing (including rent & mortgage possession), insolvency, personal injury, regulatory & professional discipline, welfare benefits, enforcement proceedings, and costs.
Tony has obtained a great deal of experience assisting in the preparation and conduct of hearings in the criminal courts. During his pupillage Tony shadowed barristers prosecuting and defending at trials before Magistrates’ Courts and worked on cases at the Crown Court involving allegations of serious violence, drugs and sexual offences.
Since beginning his career as a professional advocate, Tony has expanded on his diverse advocacy and advisory experience in practice. He has appeared in Magistrates’ Courts, Youth Courts, the County Court and the Crown Court dealing with a range of allegations including road traffic offences, anti-social behaviour, offences against public order, and domestic violence.
Tony also has an interest in cases involving allegations of police misconduct, as well as protest cases involving complex points of law under the Human Rights Act 1998. Tony is eager to develop his practice further in these fields.
In addition to his criminal practice Tony has a strong interest in regulatory proceedings, with experience of appearing before local authority Licensing Panels, the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court in relation to licensing matters.
To instruct Tony, please contact his clerks.
Operation Dreadnaught (2019) – Being led as junior counsel in a case involving allegations of large-scale trafficking of Class A drugs.
R v ES (2019)
Instructed on behalf of Defendant charged with s18 wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article (among other less serious allegations to which the Defendant pleaded guilty). The complainant was the Defendant’s father and was reluctant to attend Court. Incident arose against a background of mental health problems. Following requests for disclosure, material was received relating to an anonymous 999 caller who had described the father holding a knife during the incident as opposed to the Defendant. The Crown ultimately offered no evidence on the above charges.
R v CR (2019)
Defendant accused of threatening behaviour to cause fear or provocation of violence (s4 Public Order Act 1986). The case arose against a lengthy history of allegations and counter-allegations of harassment made between neighbours in a block of flats. Defendant was acquitted after trial. Successfully opposed application for a restraining order on acquittal.
R v KK (2019) – Defending
Defendant accused of criminal damage to a car. Blood containing DNA matching that of the Defendant found on the headlight of the car, but no DNA found anywhere else on the vehicle and no evidence that the persons responsible were bleeding at the time of committing the offence. Defendant was acquitted.
R v OW (2019) – Defending (link to Daily Post)
Defendant pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud totalling in excess of £100,000.00. Sentencing guidelines indicated an immediate custodial sentence of 3-4 years. Following mitigation, the Defendant received a 2-year custodial sentence suspended for 2 years.
R v CT (2019) – Defending
Defendant accused of domestic violence – threats to kill and two assaults (facing a 2-year custodial sentence). Complainant did not attend at trial. Prosecution sought to rely on an account given on body-worn video as res gestae. Successfully argued (in accordance with Wills ) that the Prosecution should not be permitted to rely upon res gestae as there appeared to be no good reason for the Complainant’s absence. The Prosecution were forced to offer no evidence and the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.
York City Council v AH (2019) – Defending
Defended a private hire taxi driver facing allegations of unlawfully plying for hire and driving whilst uninsured. Informant was a hackney carriage driver who had attempted to incite the Defendant into offending. Following cross-examination, successfully applied to exclude the informant’s evidence as having been obtained in circumstances of entrapment. Prosecution was forced to offer no evidence and Defendant was acquitted of all charges.
Salford City Council v CA (2018) – Defending
Represented the operator of a local taxi licensing firm before the Licensing Regulatory Panel of Salford City Council. Successfully persuaded the Panel that the operator remained a fit and proper person to hold an operator’s licence.
Memberships and Appointments
2011 –2012: Nottingham Trent University
2007 –2010: Bangor University
LLB Law (Hons) – First Class
What Tony’s clients say:
I arrived at court nervous and anxious, Tony immediately put me at ease. He was logical, realistic and charismatic. He guided me through the hearing with skill and empathy resulting in a not guilty verdict. I couldn’t be happier with how he performed in court and most importantly the fact he got me the judgement I deserved. Thanks Tony.
Recently, he managed a difficult client and obtained a fantastic result. Very impressive.
I thought Tony was outstanding in his explanation of what was going to happen and was in total control, inside the court he was again outstanding, and I felt from his explanations to the court I couldn’t have been better represented.
I was represented at Leeds Magistrates Court today 03/12/18 by Tony Williams, I found him to be highly professional and honest with me, my personal opinion is that Tony did an outstanding job for me today in court and I am more than satisfied.
I was represented in Northallerton Court facing a 6-month totting up ban. Several emails and telephone conversations later and a court appearance and I still have my licence. I am extremely happy with the outcome of the case and would wholeheartedly recommend Anthony Williams for any driving offences that you're facing.
Tony provided great counsel during a road traffic case raised against my business. He presented our case well, got into the detail, and the representation was excellent. A just and fair outcome of not guilty was reached.
Mr Anthony Williams was very professional and sympathetic in my case. Mr Williams went through all the procedure from the start to the end. Without [Tony] standing up for us we don't know what would have happened. Without his assistance I don't think the outcome would have been as good as it turned out to be.
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